The Working Life

Read the first three parts of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis (1915), one of the most well-known pieces of modern literature. The first part gives us the plight of Gregor Samsa who awakens from sleep to find himself transformed into a bug. Despite this dramatic change, he is only focused on his job as a salesman and how he won’t be able to complete his tasks and satisfy the expectations of the grip that work has on his life. Notice the references to time, as Gregor’s thoughts are detailed in this passage.

  • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (1915) – First Three Parts Only

In your reflection this week you will discuss work as a “shaper of identity”.
In your reflection, address the following:

  • Comment on the first book of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. How does Gregor’s situation help us understand work as a shaper of identity? Now, weave in an example from one of the weekly readings or videos that addresses work and identity. How does your example from another resource compare/contrast to Gregor? How do the examples you’ve selected from the resources compare/contrast to your own view of work and identity?

Write 3-4 pages [550-800 words, double-spaced] and reference particular moments and/or quotes from the text that support your views.

  • Refer to the Assignment Rubric.docx  when crafting your response.
  • As always, use MLA for in-text and works cited citations.